Where are all the Catholics?
We read an article on EWTN’s website. It was put out by the United States Bishops. It read
“WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 5, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There are one million more Catholics in the United States than the previous year, the 2009 Official Catholic Directory statistics indicate.
“A press release from the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference affirmed Wednesday that the total number of Catholics in the country equals 68,115,001, or 22% of the population.”
Under normal circumstances, we would be elated by such news. It would mean that we’re getting stronger. But we know that’s not the case at all. Most practicing Catholics would tell you they believe we’re going to hell in a handbasket. So where are all these Catholics in the statistics?
Are they the students and faculty of Notre Dame who chanted “Yes, we can!” during Obama’s speech? The president maintains, and the official standing of the university is that they are pro-life, and defend the sanctity of marriage, but!!! Apparently, they hought that having Obama as keynote speaker was not damaging to their image. They didn’t think that the protest of so many bishops and cardinals, and the more than 250,000 e-mails, objecting to their decision, was important.
Are they the students and faculty of Georgetown University who covered the Cross and symbol of Jesus (HIS) above where Obama would give his speech? They claim to be a Catholic University but!!! felt that Obama’s sensibilities should be respected, in not wanting the name of Jesus above his head. Was it a matter of who gets top billing, or do they think that Obama has a problem with Jesus?
Are they the congressmen and senators who claim to be Catholic, but!!! support abortion in their states?
Are they the Catholic state representatives who are writing and supporting bills legalizing same-sex marriages in their states?
Are they the Catholics who supported Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, in her bid to become Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and have been rewarded for their work? According to the EWTN's website, their group
“have supported controversial political decisions and appointments made by the Obama administration, including the suspension of the Mexico City Policy and the decision to allow federally-funded embryonic stem cell research, and lent their support despite both measures drawing criticism from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops”
They claim that Sebelius is personally opposed to abortion, but!!!
She was the greatest proponent of abortion in her state as governor.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “We are going to hell on our buts!!!”
The Bishops’ office stated that Catholics represent 22% of the American population. That means to me that Catholics are the ones who voted for this administration. It’s common knowledge that a candidate cannot be elected for a national office without the Catholic vote.
So are these statistic Catholics really Catholics? If so, where are they? Why are they not standing up for Catholic values? Why are we not unified? Why have we let our Church and our faith beliefs taken such a back seat?
Family, we want nothing more than to be joyful at the news that we have one more million Catholics in the United States. But we would rather hear that we have stronger Catholics who are truly Catholics, who would help bring our Catholic values, our Christian values into the forefront. This is our prayer. We pray you join us in this prayer.